Best’s winery and vineyards are among Australia’s best kept secrets. Indeed the vineyards, with vines dating back to 1866, have secrets that may never be revealed: for example, one of the vines planted in the Nursery Block has defied identification and is thought to exist nowhere else in the world. Part of the cellars too, go back to the same era, constructed by butcher-turned-winemaker Henry Best and his family. The Thomson family has owned the property since 1920, with Ben, the fifth generation, having taken over management from father Viv. Best’s consistently produces elegant, supple wines; the Bin No. 0 is a classic, the Thomson Family Shiraz (largely from vines planted in 1867) is magnificent. Very occasionally a pinot meunier (with 15% pinot noir) is made solely from 1868 plantings of those two varieties; there is no other pinot meunier of this vine age made anywhere else in the world. Justin Purser brings with him a remarkable CV with extensive experience in Australia, NZ and Burgundy. In the Wine Companion 2017 Best’s was awarded the mantle of Wine of the Year from a field of almost 9000 wines; this year they are Best Value Winery. Exports to the US, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Sweden and China.